Rep.  Tommy Hardin

Republican Party Platform Sets the Standards

The higher the score the more conservative the legislator


2018 RINO Score of 55

He got 8.5 of the votes wrong

Towns in district include:  Ardmore, Dickson, Gene Autry, Kingston, Lebanon, Leon, Lone Grove, Madill, Marietta, New Woodville, Oakland, Thackerville, Wilson

Zip codes in district include:  73401, 73430, 73439, 73440, 73441, 73443, 73446, 73448, 73453, 73456, 73459, 73463

 

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Representative Tommy Hardin did a decent  job representing his voters this year. He missed one vote that put him to be at 8th spot from the top and 93rd spot from the bottom of the index list.  Here is their contact info, please contact them and voice your opinion on their voting record.

Tommy.Hardin@okhouse.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Saprina Crosthwait* 
(405) 557-7383 

 

 

 

 

HB 1023xx Teacher pay raise N is conservative, Y is liberal. The cause of these teacher raise taxes. Extortion was used, the kids and parents were used, and the strike went on even after the huge tax increases and raises were passed into law. The teacher unions are really using the situation to press for more Democrats being elected. Legislators that angered their own Republican base by voting for these massive taxes then got harassed and threatened at the Capitol for two weeks. Extortion has no place in politics, especially from state employees supported with tax dollars.

HB 1024 xx State worker pay increase N is conservative, Y is liberal. The state workers do need raises, we agree on that much. But again the extortion used was beyond the pale. And many state workers like the ones in Preston Doerlinger’s old empire are already raking in huge salaries. And again the taxes for these raises were already diverted for the second year before the teacher strike even fizzled out. If the wages are too low, there will be a shortage of sate workers and that isn’t the case. Wages do need looked at but it needs to be in a good budget year and inefficiencies and waste have to be trimmed out first after the audits are completed by outside auditors. Then we will support raises.

HB 1026Xx School support staff pay increase N is conservative, Y is liberal. Ditto, no funding for the second year, not the state’s responsibility to give raises to employees of the local school systems. Compared to teachers these support staff earn very little but there are also many that are making nearly six figures. Plus the amount of non teachers had risen three times the ratio of student increase and too much money is being wasted on stupid things like liberal counselors and advisers that have no place indoctrinating our kids.

  

 

 

 

HB 3042 Talihina Veterans Center Bonds N is conservative, Y is liberal. For the Veterans, right? No, a perfectly good Center will be abandoned so that millions of dollars in bonds can be sold and a new Veterans Center be constructed in another House and Senate district. Yes, there had been some abuses by staff at the old center, some real, some manufactured to cause outrage and create more excuses for selling millions in new bonds. Now each construction dollar spent will require two dollars or more to be repaid over the life of the bonds. For a building that isn’t needed.

HB 3407 Mandates OKIE call before digging on property N is conservative, Y is liberal. Whose land is it anyway? It makes sense to encourage landowners and contractors to call OKIE to flag existing infrastructure underground before digging but most landowners are going to know if there is anything there. Digging a pond out in the back 40 is no risk to utilities. Those that refuse to check are already responsible for any damage so why increase the nanny state?

 SB 888 end wind tax credits Y is conservative, N is liberal. Note that this is the only Yes vote that is good on the index. This bill would have made wind tax credits non refundable if the company didn’t have enough tax burden to use up the tax credits. One would understand the use of tax credits if the public was sure that the recipient was pumping other tax dollars into the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Kind of like the Earned Income tax credits that are no non refundable, if you aren’t paying taxes in you don’t get the credits to reduce your tax bill. Common sense. But the corporate welfare crowd wants to sell these credits, indeed the entire wind industry wouldn’t be profitable unless there wasn’t hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to sell to generate more profit. As it is, a company can just walk up to the State Treasurer’s office and present a bill for a hundred million dollars and it has to be paid even if no one saw it coming and it wasn’t budgeted that year. 

SB 923 expansion of the Quality Jobs Program N is conservative, Y is liberal. A long time corporate welfare tax credit that does little to generate new jobs. Companies are going to locate where labor is available, where cheap land and buildings are to be had, not because they get a 5% tax credit on their payroll costs. States try to outbid each other and companies wind up chasing tax credits only to leave the state once the tax credits dry up.

 

SB 1584 Conservation bond debt N is conservative, Y is liberal. Bonds are always bad business because the money is paid back at high interest while the bond holders borrow cheap commercial money to invest in the bonds and the bond selling companies rake in huge commissions. Many times the bonds are not available to the working class or middle class but reserved for favorite customers. If the state needs a building it can afford to save up and pay cash. The Oklahoma Constitution says “No state debt” and that was the case until the late eighties when the Supreme Court traded a favorable bond ruling in exchange for millions of dollars put into their pension plan.

  

 

 

Rep.  Tommy Hardin

Republican Party Platform Sets the Standards

The higher the score the more conservative the legislator


2017 RINO Score of 97.5

He missed one vote and got all other votes right!

 

Representative Tommy Hardin did a great  job representing his voters this year. He missed one vote that put him to be at 2nd spot from the top and 99th spot from the bottom of the index list.  Here is their contact info, please contact them and voice your opinion on their voting record.

Tommy.Hardin@okhouse.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Saprina Crosthwait* 
(405) 557-7383 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 2017 Special Session Index Score  80

He got  1 out of five votes wrong.

Oklahoma was subjected to the cost of two special elections late in 2017 in an effort to raise taxes to cover the tax increases that were knocked down by the Supreme Court in the summer of 2017.  There weren’t a lot of bills heard, no bills to cut waste or make government more efficient were considered thanks to a veto threat by Gov. Mary Fallin.  The  tax increase votes that this legislator voted for are below:

 

HB 1085X, which was another Gross Production Tax increase from 2% to 4% and/or a change in exemption dates. It failed on a

64 to 31 vote, needing 76 to pass. We at STP are ambivalent on the GPT increases for several reasons. First some change needs done because the old vertical well businesses are penalized while the newer horizontal wells, fracking, are given massive tax exemptions. Yet raising

 

 

 

 

Picture of the special session RINO Index score

taxes of any kind before the waste is looked at and agency performance audits are done overrides the imbalance in taxation and the resulting unfairness. The fact is that the donor class are terrified over SQ 795 vote coming up in November, they see their bribe money paid to legislators going down the drain if that thing passes.

SQ 795 puts an additional 5% GPT tax on oil wells in the first 36 months

, evading the bought and paid for tax evasion credits that the donor classes paid to have passed in earlier years. The money will go to teacher pay increases and education. In the end HB 1085X was a vote to head off SQ 795 passing by passing slightly higher taxes for the oil industry and as it would be simple legislation it could later be overturned and rolled back to the old corporate welfare. Not so with the state question.